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Project Chandrayan- Reaching  for the Moon Analyses & Assessments

Project Chandrayan- Reaching for the Moon

Project Chandrayan-II came tantalisingly close to remotely land an unmanned spacecraft on the lunar surface. Does India’s space programme stand up to cost-benefit analysis or is ISRO just “reaching…

The S-400: Russia's Winner Op-Eds

The S-400: Russia's Winner

The S-400 Triumph, manufactured by Russia’s state-owned Almaz–Antey Corporation, is an Air Defence Weapon System. It is designed to destroy aircraft, cruise & ballistic missiles, as well as…

Social Media-Tightening the Reins Analyses & Assessments

Social Media-Tightening the Reins

Appellants have sought judicial intervention making Aadhar authentication mandatory for all social media accounts. Is this the right step to stop fake news/ incitement of hate or a pretext for…

Israeli spyware targets cloud services Analyses & Assessments

Israeli spyware targets cloud services

Israeli company NSO whose spyware hacked Whatsapp claimed that it could gather an individual’s data from servers of Microsoft, Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon.

Facebook to be fined $ 5bn Analyses & Assessments

Facebook to be fined $ 5bn

US regulators have approved a forfeit of $5bn on Facebook to settle an investigation into data privacy violations. Would this fine deter Facebook? What are the implication of other restrictions and…

Twitter: Censoring High Profile “Rule Breakers” Online Analyses & Assessments

Twitter: Censoring High Profile “Rule Breakers” Online

Social media platform Twitter has recently announced that it will be de-emphasizing content posted by influential “rule breakers” who post content in violation of its terms of service, instead of…

Huawei in Russia Analyses & Assessments

Huawei in Russia

Huawei has signed a deal with Russian telecom firm MTS to develop 5G technology in Russia. Why is Russia interested in Huawei and how can it ensure that the deployment of the technology is aligned to…

Fiat Chrysler proposes Renault merger Analyses & Assessments

Fiat Chrysler proposes Renault merger

Fiat Chrysler proposes a merger with Renault that would create the world's third-largest car manufacturer. The auto industry is currently undergoing a shift caused by autonomous vehicles and electric…

The Future of Security: Mapping the 5G ecosystem in India Analyses & Assessments

The Future of Security: Mapping the 5G ecosystem in India

Synergia Foundation hosted its 55th Forum on the future of Security in India, focusing on the 5G networks. The forum saw the participation of prominent civil servants, industry leaders and technology…

Google suspends activity with Huawei Analyses & Assessments

Google suspends activity with Huawei

In line with President Trump’s executive order blacklisting Huawei, Google has suspended the Chinese company’s access to Android updates. How would this impact the operations of Huawei in China and…

Data Protection and Beyond Analyses & Assessments

Data Protection and Beyond

At a Synergia forum on May 20, 2019, Justice Srikrishna discussed the future of Data protection in India based on the recommendations of the expert committee he chaired.

WhatsApp's Indian regulations fall short Analyses & Assessments

WhatsApp's Indian regulations fall short

A recent report shows that inexpensive third-party applications and software tools can circumvent regulations implemented by WhatsApp in India. Why have WhatsApp's efforts failed?

'Stop secret surveillance ordinance'  Analyses & Assessments

'Stop secret surveillance ordinance'

US technology hub, San Francisco has voted to ban the purchase and use of facial recognition technology by city personnel. Is face recognition an intrusive form of surveillance?

Facebook ready for a break-up? Analyses & Assessments

Facebook ready for a break-up?

Facebook co-founder, Chris Hughes has called for the break-up of the social networking giant. Caught under several data breach controversies and a federal investigation, can Facebook’s social…

Google’s business model and privacy Analyses & Assessments

Google’s business model and privacy

Google unveils several features geared toward safeguarding consumer privacy. However, given Google’s data-centric business model, can the company protect privacy?

$40 million worth bitcoin stolen Analyses & Assessments

$40 million worth bitcoin stolen

Hackers stole more than 7000 bitcoin from crypto exchange Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges. Can Bitcoins be stored safely?

 5G: A threat to weather forecasting? Analyses & Assessments

5G: A threat to weather forecasting?

Technical specifications surrounding 5G technology conflicts with radio frequencies used in critical applications. How is the race for technological supremacy affecting human lives? Radio waves are…

Russia’s nuclear drones Analyses & Assessments

Russia’s nuclear drones

Is the likelihood of nuclear war increasing? In March 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin revealed footage of six prototype advanced weapons systems being developed by the nation. Mr. Putin said…

iPhone production in India Analyses & Assessments

iPhone production in India

Foxconn Technology Group, Apple's largest manufacturer of iPhones intends to shift production from China to India. Apple uses manufacturers from around the world to deliver individual parts. The…

Google launches AI centre in Ghana Analyses & Assessments

Google launches AI centre in Ghana

US tech giant, Google has introduced the first Artificial Intelligence Research Laboratory in Ghana to help address economic, political and environmental issues in Africa. Artificial intelligence…